Anza Escape

26 March 2020 Carrizo Canyon to Rockhouse Canyon and back (8 miles, +700/-700 feet). So we’ve been under stay at home orders for several days in California due to COVID-19, but it’s been a bit confusing about what is allowed and what is not.  Half Cookie and I have been going a little stir crazy…

Day 3: Done (again!)

Angelina Spring to Stagecoach Trails RV Resort (11 miles, +1,200/-1,400 feet). Arrrrrrgghh!  It happened again. I gave up. Yesterday was so hard.  I’ve been pushing myself way too much.  After getting to my resting point for today I just couldn’t bear the thought of another sweaty slog up a moderately-interesting canyon that I have seen…

Day 2: A Tough Climb

Inspiration Point to Angelina Spring (25 miles +4,400/-3,000 feet). Yikes what a tough day. Hot climbs in the afternoon are the worst for me. I have to do a better job coping with them. The day started out great as I awoke from beautiful sleep to gorgeous pre-dawn views at Inspiration Point. I packed up…

Day 1: Salton Sea (again!)

Salton City to Inspiration Point (28 miles, +1800/-600 feet). Today was take two on my sea-to-sea hike. Only this time I cached more water and then spent the day at Salton Sea with Half Cookie before heading out. What a weird place! We started out at the International Banana Museum, but it was closed (next…

Day 4: Agua Caliente County Park

June Wash to Agua Caliente County Park(5 miles, +300/-800 feet). I did not sleep well at all last night. I was always either too hot or too cold. I guess that’s what happens when you bring a 20 degree bag to a night with a low of only 50 degrees! I also think I was…

Day 3: Sandstone Canyon and June Wash

Alma Wash to June Wash(15 miles, +3,400/-2,400 feet). Today was quite the cross-country adventure!  We started it from our lovely campsite at the mouth of Alma Canyon. It has been surprising to see so much water out here and this morning was no exception.  I actually almost stopped to collect some water on the way…

Day 2: Elephant Trees!

San Felipe Creek to Alma Canyon (17 miles, +900/-0 feet). There was a surprising amount of condensation last night. So much so, that we needed to dry everything out at lunch today. Otherwise the day started out great, with some colorful views of San Felipe Creek in the early morning light. It’s the only perennial…

One More Superbloom Hike

Scissors Crossing to Rodriguez Spur and back (19 miles, +3,600/-3,600 feet). I’ve been to Anza A LOT this year but I still can’t get enough of the superbloom!  For this one I joined my hiking buddy BarnFinder and a friend of his who likes to track his heart while hiking.  It was easy to come…

Quartz Vein Wash and Sunset Wash

Quartz Vein Wash to Sunset Wash to San Felipe Creek (6 miles, +1,100/-1,100 feet). It’s spring break!  Half Cookie and I wanted to go check out the Superbloom in Anza-Borrego, so I looked at the Anza Borego Desert Natural History Association’s updated map of the best places to see wildflowers. They said flowers were great…

Borrego Badlands

Inspiration Point to Smoke Tree Wash (6 miles, +600/-800 feet) It was surprisingly calm last night, though it felt a little colder than I expected for high 30s. We decided to avoid the main washes today, and that turned out to be a great choice.  Just north of the badlands, the terrain is pretty mellow,…

Vista del Malpais

Coachwhip Canyon to Inspiration Point (12 miles, +1,200/-1,000 feet). We’ve had a crazy cold and wet winter in San Diego.  And that means something special in the Anza Borrego Desert: Superbloom! This year there are actually going to be two “pulses” to the superbloom.  There is one that just peaked along S-22 due to a…

Rockhouse Canyon

Cottonwood Springs to Rockhouse Canyon Trailhead (8 miles, +300/-2,200 feet). It was colder last night than I expected, though we got absolutely no wind so we were both comfortable in our tents.  We awoke to a beautiful conjunction of Venus and Jupiter. In an extremely unusual move for both of us, we decided to wait…